MUSIC NEWS - Writer Jonah Lehrer has been dumped at The New Yorker after allegations that he made up Bob Dylan quotes in his article; “Imagine: How Creativity Works,” according to Poynter. Back in June, it came out that Mr Lehrer had previously reused his own material in The New Yorker’s blog from material he published previously in The Wall Street Journal. Poynter also noted that Lehrer’s resignation came a little less than an hour after the new charges against him became public.
Tablet magazine contributor Michael C. Moynihan discovered the discrepancies and said;
“I’m something of the Dylan obsessive—piles of live bootlegs, outtakes, books—and I read the first chapter of Imagine with keen interest. But when I looked for sources to a handful of Dylan quotations offered by Lehrer—the chapter is sparsely and erratically footnoted—I came up empty, and in one case found two fragments of quotes, from different years and on different topics, welded together to create something that happily complimented Lehrer’s argument. Other quotes I couldn’t locate at all.”
Moynihan confirmed Lehrer’s resignation via a tweet today.
In reply to New York Times reporter Julie Bosman on the issue, Lehrer acknowledged the quote creations. He said, “The lies are over now. I understand the gravity of my position. I want to apologize to everyone I have let down.”